the fourth year in a row, Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty and
students, working with a number of community agencies, will present Hunger
Awareness Week events and the Seedling Project, April 24 to 28, 2017.
Awareness Week events are co-sponsored by sociology professor Melissa
Swauger’s Sociology of Family students; the IUP Food and Nutrition and
Anthropology departments; the Indiana Community Garden; Indiana County
Community Action Program, Inc.; Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; Zion
Lutheran Church; and Chevy Chase Community Center.
Hunger Awareness Week and the Seedling
Project offer students opportunities to learn about real-life community issues,
and to connect what they learn in the classroom to real people and correct
their misconceptions, Swauger said. “Students feel invested in making these
projects successful because they are informed and knowledgeable, theoretically
and practically, about the needs of the community.
“These events will touch hundreds
of students and local community members,” she said.
The Seedling Project will provide approximately 150 families
in Indiana County access to fresh fruit, vegetable, and herb seeds and
seedlings. Students work with community
partners and food pantries to assess patron interest and solicit donations from
greenhouses, local and national seed companies, local Indiana farms, local
landscaping companies, and national chain lawn and garden centers. Students
coordinate delivery and distribution based on the viability of seedlings and
occur May 8 at Zion Lutheran Church and May 9 at Chevy Chase Community Center
for pre-registered patrons from Zion, Chevy Chase, Church of the Brethren,
Unity Family Services, and Trinity Methodist.
donations to the project are welcome. Checks should
be made payable to the Foundation for IUP with “The Seedling Project” in the
memo line. Checks should be sent to the
Foundation for IUP, Sutton Hall Room G1, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705.
In addition, women’s
gardening hats have been donated by Lowe’s of Indiana. They are being sold to
raise funds for the project from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
in 102 McElhaney (while they last).
Other events for the week